326. As with gladness men of old

1 As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onwards, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.

2 As with joyful steps they sped,
Saviour, to thy lowly bed,
there to bend the knee before
him whom heaven and earth adore;
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.

3 As they offered gifts most rare
at thy homely cradle bare;
so may we with holy joy,
pure and free from sin's alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.

4 Holy Jesus! every day
keep us in the narrow way;
and, when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed lives at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

5 In the heavenly country bright,
need they no created light;
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.

Text Information
First Line: As with gladness men of old
Author: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) (alt.)
Meter: 7777 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Scripture: ;
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany; Christian Year: Season of Epiphany
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher (1786-1872)
Arranger: William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
Meter: 7777 77
Key: G Major

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